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Blackstone Resources gets nod to scale up 3D printed lithium-ion battery plant

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 11:45 -- paul Crompton
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Blackstone Resources has received an official operating-permit to begin production of 3D printed lithium-ion battery-cells in Germany.

The Switzerland firm’s German subsidiary, Blackstone Technology, received approval from the authorities of the city of Döbeln Saxony, Germany.

Blackstone Technology is building manufacturing facilities for the production of 3D printed battery-cells in Döbeln.

The firm aims to begin production this September following the installation of the plant’s machineries and equipment.

The short-term production will be pouch-cells using Blackstone’s Thick Layer Technology. 

Blackstone has applied for Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy funding from the Sächsische Aufbaubank for the construction of the serial-plants in Döbeln.

The funding comes under the ‘Joint Task Improvement of the regional economic structure’ (GRW) scheme. 

The GRW has as its central funding priority the support of investments in the commercial economy. 

The Sächsische Aufbaubank today handed over the decision for a subsidy for the investment expenditure to Blackstone. 

New finance officer

Earlier this month, Blackstone announced the appointment of Christoph von Aesch as its chief financial officer.

His primary responsibilities are to support the ambitious growth initiatives Blackstone plans to undertake, including the management of the group's capital structure and establishing “solid banking relationships, strengthening the finance organisation, leading mergers, and acquisition projects as well as compliance activities”.

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German JV starts production of lithium-ion batteries for industrial truck market

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 09:03 -- paul Crompton

KION Battery Systems (KBS), the joint venture between industrial truck maker KION Group and battery manufacturer BMZ Holding, has started production of lithium-ion batteries in Germany. 

KBS will initially make 48-volt and 80-volt batteries for counterbalanced trucks with 24-volt batteries for smaller warehouse equipment to be added later.

 

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Varta lays foundation stone at German lithium-ion production plant

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 12:28 -- paul Crompton

Battery maker Varta has laid the foundation stone at its lithium-ion production facility at the company's production site in Nördlingen, Germany. 

The new building will provide an additional 15,000 square meters of production space to enable the German-battery maker to produce its latest generation of lithium-ion cells from next year.

The lithium-ion battery cell factory will cater for the wearables and the Internet of things market.

Varta CEO Herbert Schein said the expansion of its CoinPower cell production will one day manufacture lithium-ion cells with a 30% improved energy density.

Varta Group plans to transfer its small-cell technology to larger formats. Varta has received a total of €300 million ($341 million) funding to help transfer its technology to larger format batteries for use in energy storage and mobility applications.

The Federal State of Bavaria is contributing €32million ($36 milion) for the research and development of lithium-ion technology at the Nördlingen site. The federal government is contributing another €70 million ($80 million). 

The foundation stone was laid by Bavaria's prime minister Dr. Markus Söder and the secretary of state in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Roland Weigert. 

Image: Bavaria's Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder and CEO Herbert Schein in the factory in Nördlingen. Photo: Varta

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FEV to open development and test centre for modules and high voltage EV batteries

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 15:29 -- paul Crompton

Vehicle and powertrain engineering company FEV Group is set to finalise the commissioning of a state-of-the-art battery development and test centre (eDLP) in Germany.

The facility for the electrical testing of modules and complete high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles is due to be completed in Sandersdorf-Brehna, Saxony-Anhalt, during the third quarter of the year.

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Pilot project is exploring the use of 2nd-life EV batteries in a commercial-scale ESS

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:26 -- paul Crompton

A project exploring the use of second-life batteries in a commercial-scale lithium-ion energy storage system is being conducted in Germany.

The joint project by MAN Truck & Bus (MAN), Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) and the Volkswagen Group has connected a 500kWh ESS to the charging network at VHH’s depot.

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Rolls Royce opens microgrid validation centre in Germany

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:49 -- paul Crompton

UK engineering firm Rolls-Royce has commissioned a Microgrid Validation Center at the headquarters of its Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

The center will undertake close-to-reality simulations of microgrids of various dimensions and configurations.

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Flow battery firm opens R&D facility in Germany

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:45 -- paul Crompton

VanadiumCorp Resource is set to open a vanadium redox flow battery research and development facility in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The facility will focus on next generation flow battery innovations as the company eyes the electrification of mobile applications such as vehicles, trains and ships.

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VW Group launches pilot lithium-ion battery production plant in Germany

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 12:28 -- paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen Group has taken the first steps toward a large-scale lithium-ion battery production line with the opening of a pilot plant in Germany.

The pilot line for battery cell assembly has begun producing lithium-ion cells at VW's Center of Excellence in Salzgitter, Lower-Saxony.

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Trial starts on second life lithium-ion energy storage system

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:19 -- paul Crompton
Trial starts on second life lithium-ion energy storage system

Trial operations have begun on a second-life lithium-ion energy storage system for frequency regulation in Hamburg, Germany.

The 2MW (2,800kWh) project, which uses 2,600 battery modules from more than 100 BMW electric vehicles, began after successful completion of the design phase.

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